Become a support worker

Become a Support Worker

As job titles go, we admit ‘Support Worker’ isn’t up there with ‘Astronaut’ or ‘Racing Driver’. But we thought ‘Transforming the Life of a Child with Disabilities’ was a bit long.

Join our team at Peterborough Pathways as a Support Worker and find out how you can enhance the life of a young person with disabilities and prepare them for adult life.

Peterborough Pathways, run by Peterborough City Council, is looking to recruit five part-time Support Workers. The successful candidates will provide community-based support to children and young people with complex disabilities between the ages of five and 18 years.

This includes children and young people with learning disabilities, profound and multiple sensory impairments, autism, ADHD and associated health needs.

Within this role, you will provide vital day-to-day physical, emotional and social support for children and young people within the local community.

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Become a Support Worker

Through a carefully considered matching process, you will work to promote independence and social awareness of the child or young person in your care. Your role will allow them to explore their surroundings and provide access to the local community and its resources, supporting them into adulthood and enabling them to fulfil their ambitions and achieve their goals.

We offer a competitive salary and flexible working hours. Due to the nature of these roles, working hours will be outside of school hours and include weekend work. You will also be given all the relevant training, with opportunities for career development.

“As a support worker, you’ll show him what it’s like to live a rich, fulfilling and contented life. Admittedly, it’s not always clear who’s teaching who.”

If you like the idea of ‘Transforming the Life of a Child with Disabilities’, we’d love to hear from you. We are currently recruiting for five part-time Support Workers. You can apply online here or find out more by calling 01733 391941 or emailing claire.watts@peterborough.gov.uk.

About Peterborough Pathways

Peterborough Pathways is a specialist provision that works in partnership with families and other agencies to support children and young people with disabilities. Our service provides community-based support to children with complex needs between the ages of five and 18 years.

Peterborough Pathways is based at Cherry Lodge, a residential home for children with disabilities that sits within Peterborough City Council’s Adult Social Care Directorate. The aim of the service is to provide a person-centred approach to meet the needs of children and their families.

Each care package is based on individual needs and regular reviews take place to monitor the impact of the service.

A worker is carefully matched to a child once the Short Breaks Panel or Joint Agency Support Panel agrees a care package based on an assessment of the child’s needs. All our staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience in caring for children with disabilities and are flexible in their approach to meeting their specific needs.

Staff are given regular supervision to support them in their role and help them to deliver an excellent service. They reflect on their practice in team meetings, supervisions and appraisals, they are aware of their responsibilities as individuals and they work to comprehensive policies and protocols for recording incidents, accidents and reportable concerns. The co-ordinator of the service and the manager encourage feedback and discussion from workers and parents and promote open communication – which forms the foundations of good working relationships between all.

All staff members access an induction programme and are subject to a six-month probationary period, after which they will complete the Level 3 Vocational Qualification. There is an expectation for them to take part in a rolling programme of training and there will be opportunities for them to access further diploma courses as they progress. Various internal and external courses will be available to further develop skills and enhance good practice.